The power?crisis?that has left the country rationing electricity to homes, offices and companies is self inflicted, a?Member of Parliament?for the Pru East Constituency and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy has said.
Dr Kwabena Donkor is convinced Ghana would not have been plunged into partial darkness, popularly called the “dumsor phenomenon” if stakeholders had?planned?ahead.
He told Joy?News’ Evans Mensah failure by the?Finance Ministry?to release funds for other contingency plans?has led to the sorry state of?power supply?in the country.
The?Electricity Company?of Ghana is expected to announce a new schedule for power rationing beginning, Wednesday.
The ECG says the sad state of affairs has come about as a result of?generation?problems.
There has been limited supply of gas from Nigeria to power?thermal?plants at Aboadze to generate power.
There is also an ongoing maintenance works which have?led?to a shut down of some power plants.
The?combined?effect of all that is that Ghana is unable to meet the energy needs of Ghanaians which currently stands around 2000 megawatts of power.
And since demand now outstrips supply, the ECG has been called upon to ration power in order to prevent a complete shutdown of the system.
Electricity consumers are already mourning over the discomfort the upcoming?load sheddingprogramme will have on them.
Dr Kwabena Donkor in an interview with Joy News?maintained?the signals were on the wall and the country ought to have taken steps to avert the crisis.
He said Ghana cannot rely on Nigeria to solve its?energy?crisis.
“Ghana should begin thinking Ghana,” he said, adding, “if we plan well and gas flows from the?West African?Gas Pipeline?Project then that is a bonus.”
He said government should have put in place a contingency plan in making available?light crude?to power the plants if the relatively?cheaper gas?from Nigeria was not going to come.
While criticising the authorities for?failing?to plan and provide the funds for power generation, he said the Electricity?Company?of Ghana must also be restructured to be able to?collect money?from consumers of electricity.